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03/03/2012 GMT

Could ignorance be a good thing? It can be a motivator that spurs us on to seek greater knowledge and creativity, both in science and in art.

Ignorance: what exactly do we mean by it?

We live in a world where many of us have access to instant information through our computer or mobile phone.

Does this mean the end of ignorance?

On closer examination, in turns out that ignorance is not such a simple concept and sometimes focusing on getting answers overlooks the importance of asking the right questions.

Being consciously ignorant of something has for centuries spurred men and women of science into making major discoveries.

How does the writer grapple with subject matter that is unfamiliar?

And why ignorance about financial affairs can affect a person's chances of survival in the developing world.

With biologist Stuart Firestein, writer Marina Lewycka and micro-financier Monique Cohen.

Illustration by Emily Kasriel: the benefits of ignorance in science, creativity and finance.

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41 minutes

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Sun 4 Mar 2012 09:05GMT


  • Part 1 Stuart Firestein

    Stuart Firestein

    Duration: 12:17

  • Marina Lewycka

    Marina Lewycka

    Duration: 10:43

  • Part 2 60 second idea

    Happy Minute instead of Happy Hour

    Duration: 05:03

  • Monique Cohen

    Monique Cohen

    Duration: 12:27


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